Nexus Principles // The Water, Energy and Food securiy Nexus Principles

The Water-Energy-Food security Nexus Principles guide towards the application, implementation and operationalisation of the Water-Energy-Food security Nexus (WEF Nexus) approach in different contexts. The Principles were developed by practicioners based on their experience and grounded in research.

The WEF Nexus Principles are based on the human rights and the Agenda 2030, which serve as fundamental and non-negotiable frameworks for the WEF Nexus approach. They are not a blueprint but rather as a selection of main principles which, to date, proved to be important for a successful mainstreaming and operationalisation of the WEF Nexus approach on different levels and in different regions. The principles are built upon a literature review, the Messages from the Bonn 2011 Conference, and the experiences from the activities of the five Nexus Regional Dialogues: MENA, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Niger Basin, Southern Africa and Central Asia. The document is open for amendments through further lessons learned and exchanges with the global Nexus community and beyond.

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Publication // Beyond hydropower: towards an integrated solution for water, energy and food security in South Asia

By Rasul, G., Neupane, N., Hussain, A., & Pasakhala, B. (2019). This article provides an overview of current WEF-resource challenges in South Asia, and delivers potential angles for improvements that could be derived by implementing the Nexus approach, with a focus on hydroelectrial power and development of waterways. This is an excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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Publication // Mainstreaming the Water-Energy-Food Nexus through nationally determined contributions (NDCs): the case of Brazil

By Paim, M. A., Salas, P., Lindner, S., Pollitt, H., Mercure, J. F., Edwards, N. R., & Viñuales, J. E. (2020). This article gives insight into what role the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the 2015 Paris agreement might play in furthering the Nexus approach in Brazil. This is an excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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Modelling and Assessment

Publication // Water, Energy and Food Nexus in Rice Production in Thailand

By Ngammuangtueng, P., Jakrawatana, N., Nilsalab, P., & Gheewala, S. H. (2019). This article examines the WEF Nexus resource flows in Thailand, by implementing a tool to evaluate the trade-offs and synergies present and by developing ideas for potential land-use changes. This is an excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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